The fact that it appears to be an imprint of a person who died in a similar fashion is not conclusive - thousands died in this unimaginable way around the same period.
But as a medical and historical artefact it is no less fascinating.
The altars of Catholic Europe are full of the interred bones of saints who, if their existence is to be believed, must have had 7 legs and 97 ribs.
Frank Wognum, Duffort, France I think that regardless of whether it is or is not Christ's burial cloth, testing should still be allowed to take place.
Turin shroud 'older than thought' Tests in concluded the cloth was a medieval "hoax" The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.
A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1, and 3, years old.
Levels of vanillin in material such as linen fall over time.
This ruled it out as the possible burial cloth that wrapped the body of Christ.
In addition to the discovery of dye, microchemical tests - which use tiny quantities of materials - provided a way to date the shroud.The church probably possesses many other such fakes created by medieval superstition.The church does not need such relics, they belong in a museum.The radiocarbon sample has completely different chemical properties than the main part of the shroud relic Raymond Rogers Raymond Rogers says his research and chemical tests show the material used in the radiocarbon analysis was cut from a medieval patch woven into the shroud to repair fire damage.It was this material that was responsible for an invalid date being assigned to the original shroud cloth, he argues.The author dismisses carbon dating tests which concluded that the linen sheet was a medieval fake.The shroud, which bears the faint image of a blood-covered man, is believed by some to be Christ's burial cloth.While science continues to disprove and now prove the Shroud of Turin to be older than the previous results, people's believes get stronger each day, by absorbing science findings as part of the foundation of their religion.Claudia Costa, Fairfax Virginia I believe the most interesting fact concerning the Turin Shroud is that it bears blood stains.Unfortunately, some people seem to need or want more. Historically interesting, yes, and relatively unique, but the connection between this cloth and Jesus Christ is stretching the imagination so far as to be ridiculous.Only the faithful will believe it anyway, and those people who need their faith to be bolstered by something as trivial as this need to question why they believe in the first place.